Although Swedish composer and electronic experimentalist Ragnar Grippe has been making music since 1977, his discography remains surprisingly sparse. In fact, "Symphonic Songs" is just his seventh solo album to date, though it's not a new recording. In fact, its four epic soundscapes were recorded sometime between 1977's "Sand" and 1981's "Lost Secrets". It's great that Dais has been given a chance to release the set, though, because much of the music is spellbinding - alien-sounding, otherworldly synthesizer soundscapes that ebb and flow in movements and include nods towards the Radiophonic Workshop and Morton Subotnick's 1960s modular experiments. There are occasional mangled spoken word vocals, too, just to make the listening experience even more psychedelic. Recommended.